Exercises to Better Manage Diabetes

Regular exercise has numerous benefits including weight loss, improved circulation, and improved health.  One of the most beneficial aspects of routine workouts, however, is the improvement in diabetes management.  If you have diabetes or are at risk for diabetes, there is a natural solution—exercise.  By integrating a fitness program into your lifestyle, you can improve your diabetes, thus reducing complications.

It is important that exercise become a part of each person’s daily lifestyle.  Whether you engage in daily exercise or a program that requires at least five days of your week, you will see a transformation.  Activity is not just necessary for those battling diabetes; it is designed for everyone.  Being active can be a difficult task, especially for those who work at a desk during the day and just want to relax in the comfort of their home when the workday is finished.

Healthy lifestyle changes are rarely easy, but are always worthwhile.  Start your change with a gradual build up.  This will keep you safe and will help you progress in your health and fitness goals.  For example, you can manage diabetes by walking.  Walking can change your life.  When you wear the proper gear—including supportive shoes and comfortable clothes, you can begin your journey.

It’s difficult to set aside time during each day to focus on exercising, but this will eventually transition into a fun activity you enjoy.  Habits do not form overnight.  They take time.  Be prepared for resistance and mentally prepare for your journey.  When forming a new habit, it is easier to be consistent each and every day.  Try walking every single day—on a treadmill, through the neighborhood, at the park, or even at the mall.

Don’t push yourself too hard, but make sure that you aren’t on a leisure stroll.  You want to experience the burn of a good, hearty workout.  Check with your doctor to determine a good pace.  You want to push yourself without hurting yourself.  When you push yourself, you will find that you are much stronger than you imagine.

Have a goal in mind.  Don’t quit until you have completed your task.  If you plan to walk every single day, you might start at 15 minutes and build up from there.  When you set a goal, you will work hard to achieve it.  Don’t give up before you’ve at least reached your goal.  While you don’t want to overexert or hurt yourself, try to exceed your goal and keep walking.

If you set a goal and easily meet it, rethink your ability and what you can accomplish.  Try to burn calories by getting your heart rate during your walk.  If you are walking at a pace that isn’t challenging in any way, speed up.  But always keep track of your heart rate and don’t push yourself too far.

When exercising, keep your doctor up to date on your routine.  As you see progress, your doctor will be able to adjust your diabetes medication.

 

*Actual weight loss results may vary based on the individual.

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